Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend at one of these events, volunteer as a family for the day of service, or one of the many others happening around the city. You can also check out this popular comic book festival, or leave your mark on this Year of the Pig community art project. There’s so much more happening over this extended weekend. Scroll down for the rest of our top event picks!

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Downtown

MOCACREATE: Hot Off the Press
Before the printing press, books were made using block printing, a technique invented during the Tang Dynasty. Experiment with block printing, stamping, and other printing methods to create your own personalized stamp. Use this stamp to sign your future works of art! Sat. Event Details.

Family Day: Building Bridges
New York City has many fascinating bridges, from the historic Brooklyn Bridge to more contemporary examples. What kind of bridge would you design for NYC? Families will learn about different types of bridges and how they work, then create their own bridges to span one of NYC’s rivers, canals or busy streets. Sat. Event Details.

MLK Family Volunteering Day
Little Essentials is offering their first family friendly volunteer opportunity for MLK Day. Parents can volunteer at their Tribeca warehouse with their children over 10 years old. Mon. Event Details.

Midtown

Martin Luther King Jr Day Fashion Camp
Kids and Tweens ages 6-12 years old will spend their day learning how to create real clothing on a sewing machine plus design fashion and accessories. Mon. Event Details.

Uptown

Big Apple Circus
The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, the award-winning aerial duo Desire of Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so many more. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

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7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
Each year, the Schomburg’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds for two days of programming and activities. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Living History: Founding Black Harlem
Visit early 20th-century Harlem and chat with its leading residents! In conjunction with Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, meet Living Historians portraying Madam C.J. Walker, the women she trained in her salon school, and other movers and shakers, like soldiers from the 369th Regiment, who came to be known as the Harlem Hellfighters in the First World War. Sat.-Mon. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Farmhouse Family Day
Keep cozy this January with a knitting-themed Free Family Day at the Wyckoff Museum! Explore different fibers and their uses, learn about colonial-era handcrafts, and create finger-knitted cords and jewelry. There will be scavenger hunts, fun colonial toys and games, and time to explore the historic house and grounds. Sat. Event Details.

Acting Hamilton Camp
Be in the room where it happens! Students use the hit show Hamilton as a springboard for original work based on the American Revolution and their own musical inspirations. Mon. Event Details.

Queens

Year of the Pig Community Art Project
Make your mark in this community art project celebrating Lunar New Year! Drop in to work on collaborative sculptures to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The project will be displayed in the Garden for QBG’s Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 9 and for the remainder of February. Sat. Event Details.

MLK Adventure Day
BKB Adventures are Brooklyn Boulders’ most popular youth program. Keep your kid engaged all day long with a roster of climbing challenges, arts and crafts, team building exercises and more. Mon. Event Details.

Bronx

Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Hispánico brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance with an all-Latina choreographer program. This program draws upon the innovation and versatility of one of the world’s premier dance companies to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement. Sat. Event Details.

Family Art Project: Freedom Quilting Bee
In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. The bold patterns and bright colors of these now famous quilts, made from fabric scraps, would later go on to fund aspects of the communities’ freedom. Create your own brilliant compositions out of bountiful squares of donated fabric to honor Dr. King’s Birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of MLK Jr
Listen to the story “Martin’s Big Words” and then create your own sign with messages inspired by Dr. King’s vision. Later, join local young musicians to learn about steel drums and then enjoy a performance and a message of unity inspired by Dr. King. Mon. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson